NASA finally tracks down air leak on ISS, but it’s not fixed yet

The ISS has a small but pesky air leak.


A longstanding space mystery is almost solved. NASA and the ISS crew have been bothered by an air leak first noticed in late 2019. The leak seemed to pick up the pace recently, sending NASA on a hunt to track it down. A new round of tests has finally narrowed down the location.

NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Roscosmos cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner have conducted a series of tests that involved closing hatches around the station so NASA could monitor the air pressure in each section. Their latest efforts led NASA to the main work area of the Zvezda Service Module.

The Russian-built Zvezda Service Module contains living quarters along with life support, communications and propulsion systems. “Additional work is underway to

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New Toilet, Radishes To Head For ISS This Week


  • Northrop Grumman’s 14th resupply mission is scheduled for this week
  • The launch has been delayed from Tuesday to Thursday due to bad weather
  • Spacecraft will carry over 7,000 pounds of cargo to ISS, including a new toilet, radishes and skin care products 

Northrop Grumman is sending its 14th  commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). With ISS resupply missions always carrying interesting cargo, from muscular mice to human organs, this resupply mission is no different. 

Fresh off steering clear of potentially harmful debris, the ISS is set to receive another batch of cargo under the mission dubbed Cygnus NG-14. For this mission, the Cygnus spacecraft will carry 7,624 pounds (3,458 kilos) of cargo, which includes radishes, skin care products and a new toilet.

The skin care products are not for the astronauts but are actually for a rather special photoshoot aboard the ISS for

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Hitting the Books: The invisible threat that every ISS astronaut fears

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Excerpted from How to Astronaut: An Insider’s Guide to Leaving Planet Earth by Terry Virts (Workman). © 2020.

For all the emergency training I went through as an astronaut, I never expected to be holed up in the Russian segment of the ISS, the hatch to the US segment sealed, with my crew waiting and wondering—would the space station be destroyed? Was this the end? As we floated there and pondered our predicament, I felt a bit like the guy in the Alanis Morissette song “Ironic,” who was going down in an airplane crash, thinking to himself, “Now isn’t this ironic?” This is how we ended up in that situation.

Every space station crew trains for all types of emergencies—computer failures, electrical shorts, equipment malfunctions, and more serious fire and air leak scenarios. However, on the International Space Station, the most dangerous of all is an ammonia leak. In

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Estee Lauder (EL) Ads: $128,000 for NASA Photo Shoot to ISS Space Station

View from the International Space Station, where a photo shoot for a new Estee Lauder product will take place. 

Photographer: ESA/Getty Images Europe

Estee Lauder Cos. is sending its newest skincare formula into space, and it’ll cost only about as much as paying a big influencer for a few Instagram posts.

The U.S. cosmetics giant is spending $128,000 for NASA to fly 10 bottles of its skin serum to the International Space Station. Once there, astronauts will take pictures of Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair in the cupola control tower, which has panoramic views of the cosmos. The images will be used on social media, with the company planning to auction one bottle off for charity when the items return to Earth this spring.

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Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair will be launched into space for a product photo shoot aboard the International Space Station. 

Photographer: Koichrio

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ISS Moves To Avoid Space Debris

Astronauts on the International Space Station carried out an “avoidance maneuver” Tuesday to ensure they would not be hit by a piece of debris, said US space agency NASA, urging better management of objects in Earth’s orbit.

Russian and US flight controllers worked together during a two-and-a-half-minute operation to adjust the station’s orbit and move further away, avoiding collision.

The debris passed within about 1.4 kilometers (nearly one mile) of the ISS, NASA said.

The International Space Station -- seen here on August 26, 2020 -- is performing a maneuver to ensure it gets out of the way of a piece of space debris The International Space Station — seen here on August 26, 2020 — is performing a maneuver to ensure it gets out of the way of a piece of space debris Photo: NASA / Handout

The three crew members — two Russians and an American — relocated to be near their Soyuz spacecraft as the maneuver began so they could evacuate if necessary, NASA said, adding that the precaution was taken “out of an abundance of caution.”

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